Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment Acupuncture

We are successfully helping people with Peripheral Neuropathy. We use a unique Acupuncture treatment program that has now helped 100’s of sufferers, reducing symptoms, and stopping it progressing. This is good news, as for doctors peripheral neuropathy is extremely difficult to treat.

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is really a group of conditions where pain, tingling, numbness or weakness are symptoms of damage to peripheral nerves, which make up the peripheral nervous system (that is all the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, the central nervous system).

What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropthy

Pain, pins and needles, numbness, tingling and weakness are the usual signs of PN. Everybody is different and their condition changes with time and treatment so consulting with your doctor at the earliest opportunity is highly recommended as a first step.

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

There are many causes but the most common cause is diabetes. The other most common causes are aging and chemotherapy for cancer.

There are quite a variety of other less common causes, chemical and physical sources of injury to the nerves or their protective sheaths.

Examples include compression of a nerve, whether by inflammation, such as in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or by tumour, both malignant or non-cancerous, or any growth such as by a bone spur. Chemical causes can be poisoning by alcohol or by heavy metals like mercury.

Finding out the cause of your condition is the first crucial step to taking control of your health.

Doctors struggle to treat peripheral neuropathy

There are two goals in treating PN. The first is to manage the cause of your neuropathy. If the root cause is remedied, the nerves often get better on their own. The second goal is to control the symptoms, hopefully gaining relief from pain.

Some neuropathies can be managed to decrease the symptoms, controlling the pain, but in general it is agreed that there are no effective conventional treatments for PN. No mainstream treatment promoted by the world’s highest medical authorities has a better than 50% success rate in providing 50% improvement. They all admit that PN is difficult to treat effectively and say it is impossible to cure.

Acupuncture treats peripheral neuropathy

We have been successfully treating pn using treatments pioneered by Jonathon Gilbert in America. He has now successfully treated 100’s of patients with acupuncture.

We find that a program of fortnightly acupuncture treatment can improve symptoms, quality of life, & your prospects for the future.

Acupuncture Treatment for Stress

At our Clinic in Guildford we find acupuncture treatment for stress can really help. our treatment can help you very quickly.

About Stress

Acupuncture Treatment for Stress

All of us experience stress from time to time. Work, money problems, being chased by a lion, public speaking, can all cause pressure. Feeling stressed is a result of not coping with the pressure.

20% of visits to a GP are due to stress, anxiety and depression.

People react differently to stress, It can affect how your body works and how you feel or think.

Common signs of stress are sleeping and eating problems, muscle tension, headaches, dizziness. You can feel anxious, have panic attacks,  palpitations or find  it difficult to concentrate due to stress.

When  you are under stress your body produces stress hormones such as cortisol which are useful if you’re running away from a lion. If you are under stress for a long period of time your stress hormone levels fail to return to normal. This lowers your immune response and  leads to symptoms of stress.

Stress can cause serious illness. It is important to recognise the symptoms and find healthy ways to cope. Many people adopt unhealthy coping habits such as smoking or drinking. Learning to relax, regular exercise and meditation can help. Doctors often use drugs to control the symptoms of stress. Most of them have unwanted side effects.

Loneliness, Modern Life and Stress

Today we have less sense of community.  We work long hours, eat on our own & do many things on our own. We surf the internet for many hours & often don’t have a strong local friend and family network. Research shows this can hugely affect our health. It can even shorten our life a lot! For more on this see here.

Acupuncture Treatment for Stress

Acupuncture treatment for stressAcupuncture is very effective in reducing stress. We see lots of people with  problems linked with stress, for example, pain, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines.

It is believed that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system. It helps levels of feel-good hormones like serotonine and dopamine. This leads to a relaxation response.

In Chinese medicine it is believed that stress and negative emotions affect the smooth flow of Qi (energy) in the body. For example, anger affects the Liver energy and fear reduces Kidney energy. Acupuncture helps these energy blockages . The healing effects include slower heart rate, muscle relaxation, lower blood pressure etc.

We can also help you learn a relaxation technique that suits you .Eating better also reduces your stress levels,for example, avoiding caffeine, refined sugar and alcohol.

Many of our clients who use acupuncture for pain and other symptoms find that they start feeling more relaxed and sleep better.

Read here for more about what we can treat with acupuncture.

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Acupuncture Treatment for Migraine

At our clinic in Guildford Surrey we use acupuncture treatment for Migraine and headaches with great success.

Acupuncture can be used for prevention of migraine & to help symptoms of acute attacks.

Doctors Say Acupuncture Treatment for Migraine works!

The World Health Organisation endorses acupuncture for migraine headaches.

NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence}  guidelines recommend acupuncture for migraine. The NICE guideline is the NHS guidance for their doctors.

About Migraine
Acupuncture treatment for Migraine guildford surrey

Migraines are a serious problem and can severely affect your quality of life.

Migraines affect mainly women. About 60% of migraines are linked to the menstrual cycle. The pain is severe & often one sided. It can have other symptoms like nausea, visual problems, sensitivity to light or sound . Some people experience an aura before an attack. This can be visual disturbances, pins and needles , speech problems, dizziness etc.

Migraines can last for a few hours or a few days.  They can happen several times a week week, or only occasionally.

What Causes Migraine?

They are often caused by: tension, dehydration, eye strain,  low blood sugar levels, sinusitis, head injury, spinal problems, hormonal changes, overuse of painkillers  etc

Some foods are known to be migraine triggers. Examples are: cheese, alcohol, caffeine, food additives, irregular meals.  Emotional triggers play an important role such as stress, anxiety, anger.

Physical triggers include: tiredness, dental problems. Combined triggers are more likely to cause an acute attack.

Migraines are believed to start with changes to blood vessels in the brain. Migraines can be made worse by: high blood pressure, hormonal changes, contraceptive pill, HRT, hormonal fluctuations before the period., smoking.

Medical Migraine treatments

Medical treatment is mainly based on over the counter and prescription drugs, to relieve the symptoms. Doctors usually prescribe painkillers , anti-sickness  drugs and beta-blockers. Most of them are associated with adverse effects.

Acupuncture Treatment for Migraine and Headache

When we first see you we will decide on a treatment plan. This sometimes involves lifestyle , dietary advice and trigger management.

Acupuncture treatment involves gently inserting about 5-10 needles. It is virtually painless.

Acupuncture treatment for migraine works best with a course of 4-6 weekly treatments.

 

A Client’s Story of Meniere’s Treatment with Acupuncture

Meniere's treatment with acupuncture guildford surrey

Meniere’s disease is  really difficult for all who suffer with it. Here is one client’s story.  Joanna, who Vahida treated with acupuncture, has kindly agreed to us posting it here.

“It is 13 years since I wrote an article in Spin magazine on acupuncture and Menieres. I have since then gone from strength to strength.

The doctors have dismissed me because they said there’s nothing more they can do for my Menieres Syndrome.I must keep taking the SERK (medication) 16mg three times a day.

I am down to 8mg once a day! I haven’t had a vertigo attack in ten years. My tinnitus is under control and I am certainly not as deaf.

Why? Because thanks to my acupuncturist I have learnt to mange my Menieres syndrome and of course I have been having acupuncture. Her favourite phrase is ‘listen to your body’. Our one hour sessions which initially I had every month and now every six months, have not only the needles but also a consultation. In that time I have learnt to recognise what triggers the symptoms ( tinnitus, deafness and vertigo), the best diet for my body, counteract with natural remedies- celery, parsley and asparagus as a diuretic, beetroot and red meat fro  iron.. I have learnt how to mange stress, a trigger for Menieres and tiredness, another trigger.

Over the years I have used my acupuncture for other ailments. My doctor is known to say:” I don’t think I have seen you for over a year”. Acupuncture can be a form of maintenance, especially through the winter months when there are lots of infections around. It boost up my immune system and can help me sleep. If I am having headaches, backache, pulled a muscle, got sinusitis, I go and have acupuncture. It always works for me.”   Joanna

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